Royal wedding details revealed

Wednesday 05 January 2011 15:52 GMT

Details about the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton were released today - including the route the bride will travel to the Westminster Abbey service and confirmation that the Archbishop of Canterbury will marry them.

The newlyweds will return to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession along a route which will include Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall, St James's Palace said.

Once inside the Palace, the Queen will give a reception for the couple and guests drawn from the congregation representing the couple's official and private lives.

St James's Palace issued the new details today on the eve of Miss Middleton's 29th birthday tomorrow.

A spokesman said the bride will travel by car to the Abbey along a route including The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square.

Her wedding to the Prince will begin at 11am.

Dean of Westminster the Very Rev Dr John Hall will conduct the service.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will marry Prince William and Miss Middleton, and the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, will give the address.

The Prince of Wales will give a private dinner, followed by dancing, at Buckingham Palace in the evening, for the couple and their close friends and family.

Welcoming the announcement of the route of the Royal Wedding procession through Westminster, Colin Barrow, leader of Westminster City Council, said: "The news that the wedding procession will follow the traditional route in Westminster will thrill all those who plan to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple as they start their life together.

"We are delighted to help host the proceedings and will work hard alongside the Palace and the police to ensure the day is enjoyed by the hundreds of thousands of people who are expected to join the celebrations on the streets of Westminster."

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